Maine School Immunization Laws require that all students produce an acceptable record/certification of immunization or written evidence of medical, religious, philosophical or personal exemption to immunization, updated annually. Parents will be notified of student’s immunization needs. If your child receives immunizations at your family doctor or emergency room, PLEASE forward a copy to the school nurse so we can update your child’s school health record. In the absence of disease history or a valid exemption, the following immunizations are required for attendance in Maine Schools, K-12, public and private:
5 Doses of any DPT (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis) containing vaccine, or 4 if the fourth dose is given on or after the 4th birthday
4 Doses of OPV, IPV (Polio), or 3 if the third dose is given on or after the 4th birthday.
2 Doses of MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella): First dose after 1 year of age, Second dose at least one month after the first.
1-2 Varicella (chickenpox): Students under age 13 need only one dose; age 13 and over require 2 doses given 4 to 8 weeks apart.
Additionally, 1 dose of Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (Tdap) and 1 dose Meningococcal is required for children entering grade 7 and 2 doses of Meningococcal (MCV4) are required for students entering grade 12.
Students are required to have a recent physical exam on file prior to entering Kindergarten. Any student participating in a co-curricular sports program must show evidence of a physical exam prior to co-curricular sports participation in grades 6 and 9. Payment for all physicals will be at the expense of the parent/guardian. Students are encouraged to see their primary care provider (PCP) for physicals. If your student does not have a PCP please contact the school nurse for assistance.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT VACCINES AND VACCINE SAFETY, CONTACT THE IMMUNE ACTION COALITION AT: http://www.immunize.org